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2014 NFL Draft: Browns to own 25th or 26th overall pick depending on outcome of Chargers vs. Broncos

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 12, 2014

The Browns will find out tonight exactly which draft pick the Trent Richardson trade netted them because the Indianapolis Colts were eliminated from the postseason late Saturday via a 43-22 loss to the New England Patriots.

The Browns have two first-round picks in May’s draft – their own selection (fourth overall) and the Colts’ pick (either 25th or 26th overall).

The San Diego Chargers will face the Denver Broncos at 4:40 p.m. today at Mile High Stadium. If the Chargers pull off an upset, the Browns will get pick No. 25. If the Chargers lose, the Browns will receive pick No. 26.

On Sept. 18, the Browns traded Richardson, an underachieving running back who was picked third overall in 2012, to the Colts in exchange for their 2014 first-round choice. The draft order isn’t set for playoff teams until they’re eliminated.

It seems premature to speculate about which prospect the Browns will target with their top pick because the team is still searching for a head coach after firing Rob Chudzinski Dec. 29. However, it’s a safe bet it’ll be a quarterback, and several national writers have linked Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel to the Browns because the front office supposedly loves him. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Saturday that the Browns are “very high” on Manziel.

If the Browns think Manziel – or whomever they ultimately target – will be picked before they’re put on the clock at No. 4, they certainly have enough ammunition to trade up. The Browns own 10 picks, including seven in the first four rounds.

Below is the draft order heading into today’s divisional playoff games. Regular-season records are listed with strength of schedule in parenthesis. The draft will run May 8-10.

1. Houston Texans -- 2-14 (.559)

2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) -- 3-13 (.516)

3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- 4-12 (.504)

4. Browns -- 4-12 (.516)

5. Oakland Raiders -- 4-12 (.523)

6. Atlanta Falcons -- 4-12 (.553)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- 4-12 (.574)

8. Minnesota Vikings -- 5-10-1 (.512)

9. Buffalo Bills -- 6-10 (.520)

10. Detroit Lions -- 7-9 (.457)

11. Tennessee Titans -- 7-9 (.504)

12. New York Giants -- 7-9 (.520)

13. St. Louis Rams -- 7-9 (.551)

14. Chicago Bears -- 8-8 (.465)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- 8-8 (.469)

16 or 17. Baltimore Ravens -- 8-8 (.484)

16 or 17. Dallas Cowboys -- 8-8 (.484)

18. New York Jets -- 8-8 (.488)

19. Miami Dolphins -- 8-8 (.523)

20. Arizona Cardinals -- 10-5 (.529)

21. Green Bay Packers -- 8-7-1 (.553)

22. Philadelphia Eagles -- 10-6 (.453)

23. Kansas City Chiefs -- 11-5 (.445)

24. Cincinnati Bengals -- 11-5 (.480)

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